Will disputes and contentious probate

FSP’s highly regarded will disputes and contentious probate team represents a wealth and depth of experience in all areas of disputed inheritance and trusts work. 

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Katharine Riley

Katharine Riley group contact

FSP's "strong private client department" provides "very good specialist advice in contentious probate."

Legal 500 2017

Our team offers a high quality service delivered by leading individuals in the field of contentious trust and probate disputes. Our experience covers all aspects of inheritance and trusts covering both domestic and international matters. They combine the expertise required to provide advice and representation in the most complex high level cases with a pragmatic and client friendly approach.

We can advise you in connection with all aspects of challenges to wills, whether on grounds of invalid execution, testamentary capacity, want of knowledge and approval and undue influence. We work with leading medical experts in testamentary capacity, and the leading individuals at the Chancery Bar.

We specialise in claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, having represented all categories of applicants, including spouses, ex-spouses, cohabitees, adult children and people treated as a child of the family of, or being maintained by a person who has died. We also have experience in acting for those defending these claims, and advising executors and estates in relation to the approach they should take.

We also specialise in proprietary estoppel claims and claims where a person may have acquired a beneficial interest/constructive trust in property owned by a deceased person.

We advise in relation to the removal and replacement of executors and trustees, disputes concerning mutual wills and claims against trustees and fiduciaries for breach of trust.

The team has extensive experience of claims for rectification and construction of wills, and applications for Beddoes relief.

We deal with contested Court of Protection work, including removal of attorneys and deputies. We act in disputes arising out of the negligent preparation of wills and maladministration of estates. We also are unique in the Thames Valley for our experience of international trusts litigation.

Our team is supported by specialist tax expertise vital in structuring settlement of disputes, and by our busy Wills, Trusts and Estates team of non-contentious lawyers. We favour resolving disputes without resort to Court proceedings where at all possible. All our team members have extensive experience of all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution, but in particular resolving disputes for clients by mediation.